Much more than a coach, the NFL community mourns the passing of John Madden

Some people leave a mark so deep, so indelible, so ubiquitous in a corner of this world that one feels like they have always been there. We have the impression that they always will be. Until, suddenly, they aren’t.

John Madden was one of them.

To think of the NFL is to think of Madden, at least in a way. He rose to fame in a decade as coach of the renegade Oakland Raiders, reaching seven games for the AFC title and winning the Super Bowl after the 1976 season. He compiled a record 103-32-7 in the regular season and his 0.759 winning percentage is the best among NFL coaches with over 100 games.

But it was his job after retiring prematurely as a coach at 42 that made Madden a real name. He was the leading sports analyst on television for most of his three decades of calling games, winning an unprecedented 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst / Personality and covering 11 Super Bowls for four networks from 1979 to 2009.

Following the news of his death on Tuesday, many in the football world made sure to highlight his work on and off the pitch, inside and outside the booth, and how that made him. a trainer, a broadcaster and a beloved individual.

–With files from The Associated Press.

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